The Ojai Valley Defense Fund is pleased to announce that we have now reached the halfway mark! $500,000 has been given or pledged toward our final goal of $1,000,000 to protect the Ojai Valley and its long-term future — our environment and our economy. This milestone was reached thanks to our annual gathering on July 10 at the Ojai Retreat. John Roulac, the CEO of Nutiva, made a remarkably generous challenge gift of $10,000. Those of you who were there—and folks who weren’t, but heard about it afterwards—donated $30,000 more. Contributions kept coming in for weeks. We now have over 230 donors. Our heartfelt thanks go to John and to the many others who made the afternoon so memorable. This is the way we’ll reach our $1,000,000 goal—friends inviting friends to join in. Twenty-six of our July 10 donors were brand-new to the Defense Fund. Please look for our booth on Ojai Day, October 15. We’ll be on Ojai Avenue or Signal Street. Stop by and say hi! We’d also welcome volunteers that day. Can you help for an hour or two? Call Kathy at 646-1200 and we’ll put you on the schedule. For more information about the Defense Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, please visit us at www.ovdf.com. Thank you!